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by SmithAir747
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA move to T5 in LHR?
Replies: 72
Views: 11579

Re: AA move to T5 in LHR?

Do BA use T5A for widebodies? I seem to recall only seeing narrow bodies there. T5A is normally used for narrowbodies (with a large number of jetbridges close to each other), and the satellites (B and C) serve widebodies and narrowbodies. There are also remote stands on the T5 property. SmithAir747

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by SmithAir747
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA move to T5 in LHR?
Replies: 72
Views: 11579

Re: AA move to T5 in LHR?

That being said, I flew out of LHR last year back to the US, and there was no additional screening, just the same checkpoint in T3 that everyone else used, and nothing more at the gate. Has something changed recently? When I started flying between the US and LHR in the early-mid 2000s, all my US fl...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Carnival Fantasy-class ships
Replies: 15
Views: 2047

Re: Carnival Fantasy-class ships

My first cruise in my life was on Carnival Fascination. In June 2001, Fascination was doing a 3-night itinerary Miami to Nassau. Currently Fascination does 5-7 day cruises out of San Juan and Barbados into the eastern and southern Caribbean. Fascination has had some changes over the years, including...

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by SmithAir747
Tue May 28, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 155
Views: 19055

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

In the late 1980s there was a TV advertisement for TIME LIFE Books series "Mysteries of the Unknown" (a series of books dealing with ESP, UFOs, and other mysteries.). In the first segment of the commercial, there is a man who is about to board a flight in Chicago but has an eerie feeling o...

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by SmithAir747
Wed May 22, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why do people believe the Earth is flat?
Replies: 58
Views: 5811

Re: Why do people believe the Earth is flat?

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/1765569 ... globe-pub/

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The University of Sussex's own Flat Earth Society will host an event at The Globe pub in Brighton (UK):

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/1765569 ... globe-pub/

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by SmithAir747
Thu May 02, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #5 | Final Era: One Last Effort at Capturing the Market by Following Trends (1987-1991)
Replies: 32
Views: 5547

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #5 | Final Era: One Last Effort at Capturing the Market by Following Trends (1987-1991)

What configuration and cabin era was N739PA (Clipper Maid of the Seas) in at the time of the ill-fated PA103 flight? (It still had the blue cheatline and black Pan Am titles when it crashed.)

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by SmithAir747
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Star Wars Episode IX--The Rise of Skywalker: The end of the Skywalker saga
Replies: 14
Views: 1703

Star Wars Episode IX--The Rise of Skywalker: The end of the Skywalker saga

The final installment of the main Star Wars saga is coming on 20 December 2019 in the USA. The full title, Star Wars: Episode IX--The Rise of Skywalker, was revealed today along with the film's first official teaser trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoGwf-vOEYM This film will be the penultima...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best and Worst film adaptation of a book
Replies: 70
Views: 4732

Re: Best and Worst film adaptation of a book

The Sum of All Fears: The movie is so different from the book particularly in its setting. In the book, the improvised nuclear weapon is detonated during the Super Bowl in the stadium in Denver, by East German and Palestinian terrorists. In the film, the bomb is detonated at a football game in Balti...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 21438

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

At JFK, TWA used mobile lounges to transfer passengers between their two terminals--TWA Domestic (T6) and TWA International (T5, the Eero Saarinen masterpiece TWA Flight Center). On March 26, 1994, after getting off my TWA DC-9 from IND at T6, I was transferred in one of these mobile lounges from a ...

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by SmithAir747
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Regional Props VS Regional Jets
Replies: 50
Views: 6586

Re: Regional Props VS Regional Jets

I still wish Turbo Prop Aircraft like the Q400 had counter - rotating propellers. I assume you mean contra-rotating propellers, like those on the Tu-95 Bear bomber and its airliner derivative, the Tu-114? Contra-rotating propellers are 2 propellers mounted one ahead of the other on the same shaft d...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 133161

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

I hope next time I fly to London from Denver that I get on one of the heritage 747s. I need to go to the UK and Netherlands between 11 and 22 June and will most likely take the BA 747 LHR-DEN return. My fingers are crossed that I end up on one of the retros.

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by SmithAir747
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service
Replies: 341
Views: 43143

Re: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service

I cannot find any connecting routings or schedules from DEN to HNL via any of the California gateways. I tried random dates for a DEN-xxx-HNL trip, but no dice.

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by SmithAir747
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are your greatest accomplishments?
Replies: 8
Views: 992

Re: What are your greatest accomplishments?

My life with the rare craniofacial disorder Treacher Collins syndrome has led me into a career in craniofacial biological research (craniofacial embryology, developmental biology, craniofacial genetics, and 3-D imaging and morphometric analysis of craniofacial morphology). My training and career beg...

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by SmithAir747
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 133161

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Could any of the retro 747s show up here at DEN eventually?

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by SmithAir747
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "International Airport" with NO international service
Replies: 58
Views: 7169

Re: "International Airport" with NO international service

Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) in Fort Wayne, IN, is another example.

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by SmithAir747
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "International Airport" with NO international service
Replies: 58
Views: 7169

Re: "International Airport" with NO international service

Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) in Fort Wayne, IN, is another example.

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by SmithAir747
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 133161

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

Any chance one of these BA retro 747s could show up in DEN one day?

I often go to London from DEN, and I most often take the BA 747.

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by SmithAir747
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sabbaticals
Replies: 6
Views: 953

Re: Sabbaticals

I have done two sabbaticals (actually, working sabbaticals that take me away from my normal workplace to do work somewhere else). In 2010, I left UCSF for a month to work with a professor at the University of Calgary, learning 3-D craniofacial imaging and morphometrics. I was a PhD student then. In ...

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by SmithAir747
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Capital punishment in the US and Its future
Replies: 192
Views: 15602

Re: Capital punishment in the US and Its future

It seems there are 2 posters who are reincarnated from past lives as executed criminals--one executed by guillotine, the other by electric chair, who are just telling it as they experienced it. ;)

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by SmithAir747
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 6352

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2019

Of particular interest to solo cruisers, the Celebrity Edge has single occupancy cabins--these single staterooms are called "single staterooms with infinite veranda" (one of the class of cabins called infinite veranda staterooms). With these single staterooms, Celebrity joins Norwegian, Cu...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Capital punishment in the US and Its future
Replies: 192
Views: 15602

Re: Capital punishment in the US and Its future

The guillotine is fast, and the condemned feels a slight burning sensation on the back of their neck. When the cocktail execution goes wrong, the condemned may be experiencing intense pain, but is not able to express it. There is anecdotal evidence, going back to the French Revolution, and through ...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 103
Views: 8109

Re: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019

A DL plane slid off a runway at FWA an hour or so ago, whilst taxying for departure to ATL. The 51 passengers were deplaned and taken back to the terminal, and the plane was in the process of being towed back. This is due to the runway treatment fluid being diluted by rain, making conditions icy. ht...

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by SmithAir747
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 103
Views: 8109

Re: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/loca ... or-airport

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FWA posts 9th straight year for increasing outbound passenger numbers, and starts planning to expand its terminal. Airport authority to commission plan to build expansion onto terminal building.

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/loca ... or-airport

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by SmithAir747
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 6352

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2019

New ships and terminals underway as I referenced in the opening post: Virgin Voyages: Scarlet Lady and new PortMiami terminal https://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k115/SmithAlien/Hegxw2WpSpGZFTpjkyBs_ARTICLE%20LARGE_zpsidsxvzmu.png http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k115/SmithAlien/T1203VIRGIN1_HR_zpsa...

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by SmithAir747
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 6352

Cruise Ship Thread 2019

So far I haven't seen a new cruise ship thread for this year (and no updates for quite a while on the 2018 thread). Let's start a new thread, and feel free to post cruise line/ship news, your experiences, etc.! I just got back from a cruise myself--Star Trek: The Cruise III, the third annual Star Tr...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?
Replies: 73
Views: 7773

Re: Why didn’t AA try a separate low fare operation ?

TWA had "Comfort Class"; their Y was less dense in configuration than others.

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by SmithAir747
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 103
Views: 8109

Re: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019

Is there any update on the FWA plan to expand their terminal?

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by SmithAir747
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16
Replies: 289
Views: 21786

Re: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16

I thought Trump used the Air Force 757, at least it looked like it was blue as I drove by on Ferguson Rd. FWA was the 2nd of 3 stops that day. FWA has had 747s landing there since the 70s, as UA used it for touch and goes at night, long before 13-31 was extended. Yes, Trump used the USAF 757. I ask...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16
Replies: 289
Views: 21786

Re: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16

Recently I noticed that some of AA's Envoy flights between ORD and FWA are on the 2-class CRJ-700; when did they start upgauging this route? I found out when someone booked me to fly DEN-ORD-FWA roundtrip for the end of November, and both my ORD-FWA and FWA-ORD (AA 3162 both directions) are on the ...

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by SmithAir747
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President George H W Bush dead at 94
Replies: 54
Views: 3518

Re: President George H W Bush dead at 94

Watching Bush's casket being unloaded from Special Air Mission 41 (VC-25) at Andrews the other day, as well as at the Capitol ceremony yesterday and at the National Cathedral service today, I noticed his casket was not the traditional Marsellus-style mahogany "presidential" casket (as I've...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DNA Tested
Replies: 41
Views: 3563

Re: DNA Tested

Personally I'll wait for cheap home DNA sequencers so my data can stay private. The Brits have come up with a portable DNA sequencer, the size of a USB hard drive or mobile phone, that can be used at doctors' surgeries, clinics, and at home. It's called the MinION, by Oxford Nanopore Technologies. ...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DNA Tested
Replies: 41
Views: 3563

Re: DNA Tested

I have a rare craniofacial syndrome called Treacher Collins syndrome, caused (mainly) by mutations in the gene TCOF1, although two other genes (POLR1C and -D) are also implicated in causing some forms of TCS. I would like to be sequenced and tested for the particular mutation in my case. I'm also fi...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 2493
Views: 173112

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

When I was at IND last evening for a WN flight back to DEN, I saw the 10th anniversary celebration going on. I was sitting at a table in Civic Plaza eating Chick Fil A and watched the whole thing go on, with a harpist serenading the gathering. An opening prayer was given by what I assume might have ...

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by SmithAir747
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CDG 1990's - Lift/Elevator/Jetway buses?
Replies: 29
Views: 4456

Re: CDG 1990's - Lift/Elevator/Jetway buses?

I used one to transfer between JFK T6 (TWA domestic) and T5 (TWA international) in 1994. I boarded this bus at one of the rotunda gates in T6 to transfer to one of the gates in the "guitar" concourse (Flight Wing 1) at T5 to connect with my 747 flight to MAD. It was an elevated bus that bo...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16
Replies: 289
Views: 21786

Re: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16

Re: Air Force One: FWA's runway can easily handle a 747. Usually the Trump Organization-owned 757 is reserved for smaller airports that cannot handle a 747/VC-25A, but the VC-25A is used when possible. FWA has an 11,981 foot runway and a secondary 8,000 foot runway that often sees 747 training flig...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On Some BA 747s: World Traveller Plus Located between First and Club World
Replies: 7
Views: 1611

Re: On Some BA 747s: World Traveller Plus Located between First and Club World

By the way, I was on G-CIVK (Oneworld livery) outbound DEN-LHR and on another Oneworld livery 747 back from LHR-DEN.

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by SmithAir747
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On Some BA 747s: World Traveller Plus Located between First and Club World
Replies: 7
Views: 1611

Re: On Some BA 747s: World Traveller Plus Located between First and Club World

Are these hi-J 747s then?

Is DEN served mainly by these frames, or are a mix of 747 configurations used on this route?

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by SmithAir747
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On Some BA 747s: World Traveller Plus Located between First and Club World
Replies: 7
Views: 1611

Re: On Some BA 747s: World Traveller Plus Located between First and Club World

Those reasons all sound logical to me. Anyway, this was my first time ever sitting ahead of the wing on a 747; I've always been in Y, usually near the last set of doors (where the taper reduces the side blocks of seats from 3 to 2 creating room to creep out between the window seat and the window in ...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On Some BA 747s: World Traveller Plus Located between First and Club World
Replies: 7
Views: 1611

On Some BA 747s: World Traveller Plus Located between First and Club World

I was recently in London; I flew there on BA's 747 DEN-LHR return. I flew in World Traveller Plus (WT+). I was quite happy with the seat and product. I noticed, both on the SeatGuru for this version of the BA 747 and when I was on board, that WT+ is located in zone B, just behind First (in zone A) a...

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by SmithAir747
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16
Replies: 289
Views: 21786

Re: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16

When President Trump comes to Fort Wayne Monday for his rally, will he land at FWA in the AF1 747 or in the 757?

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by SmithAir747
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16
Replies: 289
Views: 21786

Re: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16

Recently I noticed that some of AA's Envoy flights between ORD and FWA are on the 2-class CRJ-700; when did they start upgauging this route? I found out when someone booked me to fly DEN-ORD-FWA roundtrip for the end of November, and both my ORD-FWA and FWA-ORD (AA 3162 both directions) are on the C...

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by SmithAir747
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 2493
Views: 173112

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

Here's hoping for a London service eventually. (Somewhat selfishly ;) as I may be moving to Indianapolis soon, and I'm a frequent traveller to London, so why not have a London flight?) I don't know how realistically soon a London flight would happen, if ever. Are IND still thinking about London, or ...

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by SmithAir747
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What does you name mean, and why was it chosen?
Replies: 21
Views: 2216

Re: What does you name means, and why was it chosen?

I was born Hugh Dermott O'Connor, to my Irish biological parents visiting the US. I was born in the US during their visit, and given up for adoption. My current name, Francis Smith, is by adoption. My new parents, lay Franciscans, wanted to name a son after St. Francis of Assisi. Thus my name! Smith...

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by SmithAir747
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA DEN-LHR
Replies: 31
Views: 6530

Re: UA DEN-LHR

I flew this flight in late July. Now I've done all three carriers' services DEN-London: BA DEN-LHR, DY DEN-LGW (incidentally on its inaugural flight), and most recently, UA DEN-LHR. I love being able to go nonstop to London from here in Denver when I need to (at least once a year, this year will be ...

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by SmithAir747
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 93311

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

Hopefully, the new livery will be something like this: http://www.airline-empires.com/uploads/gallery/album_1118/med_gallery_72815_1118_1103625.png http://www.irishrugby.ie/images/news/rsz_img_6475_rdax_80.jpg Not a slightly boring "all-white livery" that many airlines have done (e.g. Chi...

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by SmithAir747
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Re: Indiana State Aviation: Part 16
Replies: 289
Views: 21786

Re: Indiana aviation thread - 2018

The tendency for regional flights from hubs like ORD or CLT to regional airports like FWA to get delayed or cancelled first, before mainline gets delayed or cancelled, is one reason why I no longer fly into my hometown FWA (plus the time wasted connecting, plus the cramped nature of RJs themselves ...

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by SmithAir747
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Boeing 747 history
Replies: 88
Views: 5315

Re: Your Boeing 747 history

TW 747-131 MAD-JFK roundtrip 1994
BA 747-436 LHR-LAX roundtrip 2007
QF 747-438 LAX-AKL roundtrip 2010
UA 747-422 SFO-ORD one way 2010
BA 747-436 DEN-LHR roundtrip 2016

Upcoming:
BA 747-436 DEN-LHR roundtrip October 2018

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by SmithAir747
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 9/11 ... Never Forget
Replies: 49
Views: 3841

Re: 9/11 ... Never Forget

Where was I on Tuesday, 11 September 2001? I was still living at home in the Fort Wayne, IN, area. I was working at the university library at the Fort Wayne campus of both Indiana University and Purdue University (IPFW), where I had recently studied for my bachelor's and master's degrees in biology....

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by SmithAir747
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Childhood sports
Replies: 23
Views: 1088

Re: Childhood sports

I didn't actually play (not physically capable or athletically inclined), but I was involved as manager of some of my high school's sports teams: tennis, golf, basketball, and baseball. In the inaugural baseball season (we didn't get our own diamond until years after I graduated), I was manager. The...

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by SmithAir747
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct potato chip flavor
Replies: 50
Views: 2656

Re: The correct potato chip flavor

My favourite potato chips I have ever had were made by Seyferts, in Fort Wayne, IN (my hometown). They had their factory in Fort Wayne. They provided the chips for the Zoo-Loo-Au zoo members' family picnic at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo every summer during my childhood. Seyferts is going out of busine...

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